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Water War Brewing Along Mexican Border
AP & Newsday ^ | 12/5/06 | DAVID KRAVETS

Posted on 12/05/2006 8:36:26 AM PST by kiriath_jearim

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bush administration lawyers are urging a federal appeals court to allow a section of a canal separating California and Mexico to be lined with cement to stop millions of gallons of water from seeping south of the border each year.

The lining is proposed along a portion of the 82-mile All-American Canal that delivers Colorado River water to crop land on both sides of the border about 100 miles east of San Diego.

The U.S. government says Mexico already gets 489 billion gallons of Colorado River water legitimately each year under a 1944 treaty and isn't entitled to the seepage, which provides a farming lifeline in Mexico.

A Justice Department attorney told a panel of three appellate judges on Monday that Mexicans have no right to the water, which is also the lifeblood for 500,000 acres of U.S. farmland.

The lining project will provide enough water for 135,000 new homes in the San Diego area.

All three judges suggested during oral arguments in the case Monday that people in Mexico might not have legal standing to assert a claim for the water in U.S. courts.

"How does a constitutional barrier against takings of property in the United States apply to somebody's property in Mexico?" Judge John Noonan asked.

The San Francisco-based appeals court temporarily blocked construction of the $210 million, 23-mile-long lining in August after Mexican business interests and U.S. environmental groups sued.

The lawsuit claims there would be significant job losses on the Mexican side of the border as thousands of acres of crops would turn to dust, that Mexican wells would become polluted without the seepage and migratory birds would be threatened if wetlands disappeared.

R. Gaylord Smith, an attorney for Consejo de Desarrollo Economico de Mexicali, a Mexican business group,

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico
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1 posted on 12/05/2006 8:36:29 AM PST by kiriath_jearim
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To: kiriath_jearim

"lined with cement"

Let's just call it a wall.


2 posted on 12/05/2006 8:37:56 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: kiriath_jearim
Hey, they've already taken our jobs, our kids' places in school, our health dollars and places in emergency wards, our neighborhoods, our sovereignty, the integrity of our political process...

So...What's a little water between friends? [/sarcasm]

3 posted on 12/05/2006 8:55:26 AM PST by Map Kernow ("I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just..." ---Thomas Jefferson)
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To: kiriath_jearim
"Water War Brewing Along Mexican Border A

"Bush administration lawyers are urging a federal appeals court to allow a section of a canal separating California and Mexico to be lined with cement to stop millions of gallons of water from seeping south of the border each year.

"The lawsuit claims there would be significant job losses on the Mexican side of the border as thousands of acres of crops would turn to dust, that Mexican wells would become polluted without the seepage and migratory birds would be threatened if wetlands disappeared. "

Fair is fair. They can have the water (which illegally seeps across the border) as long as they also take back the 20 million illegal aliens that cross the other way. 489 million gallons, 20 million illegals. What a deal.

4 posted on 12/05/2006 9:08:43 AM PST by tom h
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To: tom h

I like the way you think. Ever seen the movie "Kelly's Heroes"?


5 posted on 12/05/2006 9:31:12 AM PST by Fee
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To: kiriath_jearim
The lining project will provide enough water for 135,000 new homes in the San Diego area.

Yeah, but most of that acre where the houses will be located will be preserved as a greenbelt. probably only funny if you grew up in So. Cal., Sorry

6 posted on 12/05/2006 10:00:16 AM PST by pikachu (The main stream news is to news what meteorologists are to meteors)
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To: pikachu

Que?


7 posted on 12/05/2006 10:50:27 AM PST by Raymann
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Que?

Twenty years ago, it was the style in San Diego to cram houses onto very small lots and leave areas called green belts. You'd see houses packed like Tupperware in your crazy aunt's cubbord and these crappy open areas.

8 posted on 12/05/2006 11:15:30 AM PST by pikachu (The main stream news is to news what meteorologists are to meteors)
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